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Award-winning learners are future of city’s success

Pictured is BBC presenter Harry Gration and guests at the awards ceremony


Inspirational stories abounded when the city’s leading training and skills academy staged its success awards. 

The event at The Source Skills Academy at Meadowhall, presented by Harry Gration, marked the outstanding achievements of 12 of its learners and employers. 

Judges had hundreds of deserving candidates to choose from, said Ann Cadman OBE, performing one of her last duties before her retirement as managing director of the award-winning academy she founded 13 years ago. 

“We have welcomed thousands onto our training programmes over the years and we have seen so many grow in confidence and improve their futures,” said Ann. 

“But this year has been an outstanding one. More of our learners than ever before have excelled in their qualifications and businesses who employ them have given ever-greater support. We felt it was time to reward them at an awards event.” 

Sheffield’s Deputy Lord Mayor Coun Anne Murphy presented Apprenticeship Awards to Gabrielle Selman for her Outstanding Commitment to Achieve at Excel Parking Group, and Hannah Wibberley for her outstanding impact at, Wrapik Fast Food Bar in Huddersfield. Hannah’s bosses said they would not have been able to grow their family-run firm without her dedication. 

The Apprenticeship Personal Achievement Award went to Eddie Hoyand, 20, of Ecclesfield, who joined steel plate stockholders Murray Plate Group as a shy 17-year-old admin apprentice placed by The Source. 

Now the life and soul of the office, with a permanent role at the company and a Level 3 qualification, Eddie’s example has forged the way for a further 11 apprentices at Murray Plate. 

Operations manager Mark Hewitt said: “Eddie was our first apprentice, brought in to address a skills gap.  It was clear from the start that he had great technology skills and loads of enthusiasm. He grew in confidence and is an asset to the business. Our success with Eddie led to us setting on apprentices at our bases around the country. Young blood is vital to us and well-run apprenticeship schemes give us that.” 

Traineeship and Community Awards for determination to succeed were won by former Hinde House pupil Chanel Priestley, who now has a customer service apprenticeship with Meadowhall, and Aaron Taylor, now an accounts clerk apprentice at Atkinson’s on The Moor.  

Two other winners were Elaine Staniland, who beat anxiety and loss of confidence after the death of her husband with the Source’s Preparing to Work team and now plans to be a support worker, whilst The Determination to Succeed Award went to Roman Amaya, who fled her native Eritrea alone in 2013 after her father was jailed for his Protestant religion.

After a time in refugee camps in the Sudan, she was resettled in the UK and is working as a cleaner around her studies to be a nurse at Sheffield College. 

Five local businesses won awards recognising the time and support they give to people development through training and education – B Braun Medical, who run a unique programme that allows apprentices to work right across its departments,  Meadowhall fashion store USC who have employed 85 apprentices over 12 years of partnership with The Source, Murray Plate Group, Jameson’s Tea Rooms on Abbeydale Road and Knowhow, the Sheffield-based national customer support centre for Dixons Carphone, which has 70 apprentices. 

The awards day was so successful The Source now plans to make the championing of achievements an annual event. 

Guest John Mothersole, chief executive of Sheffield City Council and chair of The Source, praised the winners for their achievements and said continuing to elevate the skills of the local people was vital to the ongoing success of the city.

He said: “We have high employment and a high level of skills here. One of the biggest challenges is continuing to feed companies who want to be here with a supply of talent.”

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